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Retrograde planets

Retrograde Planets
From SKYSCRIPT: From the Latin "to step backwards", this term is applied to the apparent backward motion of the planets through the zodiac as they decrease in longitude as viewed from the earth.

The term Retrogradation has different interpretations in Natal to those it has in Horary questions.
It also has different meanings in Decumbiture charts.

In Vedic astrology, it is viewed as being more powerful.

The sun and Moon do not go retrograde, but all other planets do.
Mercury goes retrograde more often than any other planet-usually about
3 times a year for a few weeks at a time.
This thread will contain Articles and Information about Retrograde
planetary activity.

Some useful links:

Quotes from well known astrologers about Retrograde Motion.

I think that any retrograde planet tends to interiorize the expression
of the planet. It operates on a more subjective and covert level. The
meaning of a planet doesn't change, but the capacity for extroverted
expression is altered. - Liz Greene, The Outer Planets & Their Cycles,
(1983) (pg. xiii)

Astrologer Erin Sullivan points out in her excellent "Retrograde Planets" (Penguin Books 1992) that "the Aztecs saw Venus retrograde as a goddess assuming the guise of a man who walked the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights. (The retrograde period). When Venus meets the Sun he/she is sacrificed. After the retrograde conjunction Venus reappears in direct motion in the East just before sunrise and is considered to be reborn as the Morning Star. The Mayan people depicted Venus as a goddess of war at the time of the stationary direct Morning Star period, considering that she had risen up from the underworld "still sticky with the blood and bones of the dead".
RETROGRADE PLANETS: Traversing the Inner Landscape - Erin Sullivan


As you may know or noticed, the only 2 objects in our galaxy that do not go retrograde are Sun and Moon. The rest of them do.

In reality, planets do not go retrograde they are always direct but we on Earth can and do observe reverse motion which leads people to believe a planet is going backwards. As a result of such planetary motion, a retrograde planet in natal/transit/progressions charts will be greatly affected.

Some astrologers have a theory that a retrograde planet is a window, showing you who you were in a previous life and what you brought into this life which is still unresolved.

A lot of people have a planet that changes direction from direct to retrograde or vice versa after a few days of their birth. (because one day is the equivalent of one year in astrology, the person then can have a retrograde planet turn into a direct one after a few years of life, or vice versa) It has been mentioned in a few sources and my notes from the people I have studied, that if their natal planet is retrograde and it turns direct after a few days (=years), the natal planet in retrograde motion will still play a bigger role and the direct motion will have less impact on an individual.

So for example, an individual has Venus Retro, a few days later Venus went stationary then direct. That individual will still have a strong Venus’s retrograde effect EVEN THOUGH logically speaking, a retrograde Venus should be less powerful than direct. I can only explain this, by assuming that the very retrograde planet has the ability and capability to change its perspective more powerfully than a direct planet. Unfortunately, we cannot really test the effect of direct and retrograde condition on a person after a few days because the individual might be too young.

My other guess is that direct planets moves faster than a retrograde planet.
With a retrograde planet, you will end up having either aspects (e.g., opposition, square, etc.) or no aspects to a direct planet, or an aspect to another retrograde planet.

I think with a retrograde planet in your chart, there is a strong indication of adaptability and flexibility when it comes to its ability to express itself. If it doesn't oppose any planets, a retrograde natal planet is its own boss. Not only that, but it has no strict restrictions to control the retrograde planet and its force. It does not abide by any rules or regulations. I have noticed that retrograde planets with no other planets to aspect them, will be very free in their behavior.

We cannot say the same for a retrograde planet that’s in opposition with another natal planet . An opposition is basically a tug of war. Compromise is absolutely necessary. When you have a direct planet opposing a retrograde planet, the potential for growth and understanding (its true potential) is very limited.

Also, with this aspect you might end up losing control over the houses involved and have a strong desire or an internal never-ending battle between what is strong in you and what is weak in you. You may retreat and hide and try not to bring it out in the open which MAY create a self-destructive personality but that is rare. I haven’t seen that many self-destructive people with that opposition. There are usually other indications.

If a retrograde planet is conjuncting the direct oriented planet, the retrograde planet is in no way, shape or form weaker than any direct planet nor loses its own natural energy when turning direct, UNLESS there should be an opposition present. Retrograde planets express itself in a rebellious matter when the native least expects it. Of course, the location and rulership of such a planet should be analyzed to see how expressive the retrograde planet is.

Once you break down the retrograde planet in the chart and understand how a retrograde planet or planets express themselves in your chart, studying the house or houses should be analyzed next. Usually, I start with identifying in which group or groups your retrograde planet or planets are/is placed in.

The subjective domain group is placed from 10th through 3rd group. If there is a planet or planets that are located in any of those houses, the individual will need to learn lessons through his/her need to control life. Often, any number of retrograde planets show that the person is unable to have faith in him/herself.

The Objective domain group is located between the 4th and 9th house. Retrogrades in this section point to a person who is likely to have a lot of uncertainties and indecisions towards what he/she wants out of life.

If all of your retrograde planets are located above the horizon, there is a strong need for public life and often times; it is hidden on the subconscious level. This person will have to learn to be out in the open and go after success on his/her own. I have noticed that people with above the horizon retrogrades tend to drive extra hard to get to their goals. Often their frustrations and prohibitions are triggered by early childhood experiences and parents/guardians expectations of them.

Retrogrades below the horizon behave quite differently. If retrogrades above the horizon call on the individual to be out there in the open, retrogrades below the horizon call such individuals to have an eternal need for privacy and internal happiness. They tend to be more introverted without understanding why, nor having an ability to be more outgoing unless there are indicators of outgoing personality in the natal chart. I have looked at twelve individual’s charts and I could not figure out why these people who have literally nothing in common astrologically and personality had a strong need to sway the spotlight away from them and without arousing public attention.

In one case, a five year old child had a predominant number of planets below the horizon. Every time his parents would mention his great piano skills, the child would just take off to another room and cry. I narrowed it down to planets below the horizon but then I started paying attention to retrograde planets. It maybe a coincidence but this is what I noticed.

When I originally began my search for astrological explanation to define direct and retrograde planetary direction, I did not start with house location but I started with looking into quadrants.

Rohini Ranjan - Retrograde Planets: Another Perspective
Martin Schulman - Karmic Astrology: Retrogrades and Reincarnation
Yott, Donald H. Retrograde planets and reincarnation
Ingrid Naiman - Reincarnation and Retrograde Lecture notes
Saturn and reincarnation - By Jeanne Avery
PATTERNS OF THE PAST, The Birthchart, Karma & Reincarnation - Judy Hall
YESTERDAY'S SKY: Astrology & reincarnation - Steven Forrest
PAST LIVES, FUTURE CHOICES, The Astrology of Reincarnation - Maritha Pottenger
COSMIC KARMA: Understanding your contract with the universe - Marguerite Manning
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DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL MISSION: How to use karmic astrology to create the life you want - Linda Brady & Evan St. Lifer
EYE OF THE CENTAUR, A visionary guide into past lives - Barbara Hand Clow
RETROGRADE PLANETS Transversing the Inner Landscape - Erin Sullivan
YOUR HIDDEN POWERS: Intercepted Signs & Retrograde Planets - Joanne Wickenburg,
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Synthesis & counseling in astrology: the professional manual By Noel Tyl
Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape By Erin Sullivan
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Astrology, psychology, and the four elements - Stephen Arroyo
Astrology: 30 Years Research By Doris Chase Doane
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If there are retrograde planets located in 1st, 2nd or 3rd houses, it indicates that the individual learns lessons based on their "gut" decisions.He/she is often inclined to work very hard to perfect their intuitive capabilities.

Retrograde planets in 4th, 5th or 6th houses could show complications in love life and romances. It has been observed that these individuals tends to learn through their feelings. There is a tendency to misunderstand or idolize other persons feelings towards the native.

Retrograde planets in 7th, 8th or 9th, seem to be learning from sensation, which are the key to this person, He/she unlocks his/her hidden world by learning from others (i.e. western hemisphere focus deals with others and issues which are byond the control of the individual).

Retrograde planets in the 10th, 11th or 12th houses indicate a person who develops and expands themselves through "deep thinking" but they have to be careful about "overthinking" and losing their focus on the things they are trying to solve or fix. He/she is more likely to be obsessed with the thinking process rather than solving the problem or problems facing them and this "overthinking" can indicate a problem with live development, hindering them to progress.

Here are some direct book references to retrograde planets:

Helen J. Adams in her book “understanding retrogrades” on page 1 writes: “It is believed by many astrologers that the Moon is equivalent to a retrograde planet when it is slow in motion, moving less that 15 degrees in 24 hours.”


Donald H.Yod, in the beginning of his book" Astrology and Reincarnation" talks about how retrograde planets indicate types of reincarnation.

To discuss this subject/ the article, please visit the thread: DISCUSS - Retrogrades in the nutshell.
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